If you’re looking to move out of your current residence, it’s a good idea to start making preparations now, so you won’t have an avalanche of things to do right before your move-out date. Below are some steps you can take now to make sure that your transition to your new place will be as stress free as possible.
1. Submit a Notice to Vacate
If you’re currently living in a rental property, they’re definitely going to want a heads-up regarding your departure. Most leases require that you submit a written Notice to Vacate to the leasing office at least 30 days in advance of your move-out date (or the termination date of your lease). Failure to submit your notice in a timely manner may result in additional charges. Review your lease carefully to make sure you’re in compliance.
2. Forward Your Mail
Contact the United States Postal Service to file a Change of Address form. This will let them know that you’re moving and when they can begin forwarding your mail to your new address. Let’s say that you’ve been looking around for apartments near the University of Cincinnati, but you haven’t fully settled on where you’re going to be just yet; no problem. You can forward your mail to the address of a relative (or a very trustworthy friend) until you find out what your new address will be. After that, you can submit another Change of Address form to notify the USPS of your new address.
3. Notify Utility Companies
Contact your local utility companies for power, gas, and water to let them know your move-out date. If you currently live in a rental property, make sure to let the utility companies know that you don’t want the services to be disconnected, but rather transferred back into the name of the company that owns the rental property. In addition, contact your cable, internet, and phone providers to have service disconnected as of your move-out date. Be sure to return all cable boxes, routers, and other related equipment before you leave to avoid additional fees.
4. Start Boxing Stuff Up
Go ahead and start boxing up the things that you don’t use on a daily basis.This could include books, out-of-season clothes, various knick-knacks in your closets, extra cups and plates, certain home decorations, etc. Packing up these non-essentials will give you a much clearer head, and will cut down on your last-minute packing efforts the closer you get to move-out day.
5. Clean, Clean, Clean
The is one of the most important parts of preparing for your move out. If you don’t take the time to start cleaning certain key areas of your place now, you’ll have a thousand things to clean on the day of your move, which is an exhausting affair. The last thing you want is to have everything loaded up on the truck on move-out day, and then realize you forgot to clean the refrigerator. About two weeks prior to your move out day, go ahead and do a heavy-duty cleaning of the fridge, oven, shower, etc. Wipe down all of your walls, doors, and baseboards, and give the blinds a good dusting as well.
The process of moving to a new place can seem overwhelming at times, but with a little bit of planning and preparation, you can alleviate some of the stress associated with this transition. Keep the above tips in mind to help you pull off a smooth move with minimal headaches or hassle. Want to make sure you’re extra-prepared? Take a look at this “smart move” list for more move-out tips from Uptown Rental Properties.